Shark movies. There has really only been one great one, hasn’t there? Sure, The Shallows, Jaws 2, and The Reef are pretty good. Deep Blue Sea and The Meg are kind of mindless fun and at least not totally insulting. But there is a huge cinematic trash can full to the brim of complete crap. The Shark Attack movies, endless low-budget and low rent straight-to-video messes, the Sharknado franchise. Why is it so hard to get right? Will The Requin rise to the surface? Or sink?
Furie and Gentle director Le-Van Kiet wrote and directs The Requin. It stars Alicia Silverstone (Clueless) and James Tupper (Men in Trees). It will get a three way release as digital, limited theatrical, and On-Demand on January 28th.
The Requin plot is detailed in the blurb as:
“There’s terror in paradise when Jaelyn (Alicia Silverstone) and Kyle (James Tupper) arrive at a remote seaside villa in Vietnam for a romantic getaway. A torrential storm descends, reducing the villa to little more than a raft and sweeping the young couple out to sea.
Suddenly, another danger appears: a school of great white sharks. With her injured husband watching helplessly, Jaelyn must battle the deadly predators alone in this tense thriller that rides an unrelenting wave of fear.”
Although the story is set in Vietnam, The Requin was filmed at Universal Studios in Orlando. with 828 Media Capital provided the funding through producers Ellen Wander and Jordan Dykstra of Film Bridge International for Saban Films.
From the trailer, it seems to suffer from an Achilles heel for all lower-budget shark thrillers. Shaky SFX. The poster for The Requin seems to have a size issue going on.
A while ago, Last Movie Outpost published an article detailing why Jaws works. Dare we be arrogant enough to suggest that maybe people need to read it and think it through before they make a shark movie?
Read the incredible history of the troubled Jaws theme park ride: